If you want to see how technology shapes the way we perceive the world, just look at the way our experience of time has changed as network speeds have increased. Back in 2006, a famous study of onl…
This might as well be a whack upside the head for teachers. As our students become more connected (meaning fast connections) the less patient they become online– as in”less that the blink of an eye” wait time impatient. If this translates to the analog, ‘meatspace’ world (and I suspect it might), then what does it mean for gathering attention in the classroom?
We need to be studying student attention in the classroom where there is unrestricted wireless and device access like my own university one.
Here is Nicholas Carr’s take (and it honestly makes me think that everything I do in my teaching is wrong:
“One thing this study doesn’t tell us — but I would hypothesize as true (based on what I see in myself as well as others) — is that the loss of patience persists even when we’re not online. In other words, digital technologies are training us to be more conscious of and more resistant to delays of all sorts — and perhaps more intolerant of moments of time that pass without the arrival of new stimuli. Because our experience of time is so important to our experience of life, it strikes me that these kinds of technology-induced changes in our perception of delays can have particularly broad consequences.”
Gotta love that oxymoronic understatement–”particularly broad consequences”.
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